The Drake Hotel
Besides being a veritable “hotbed for culture,” the uber-trendy Drake Hotel’s celebrated Sky Yard is still one of the prime rooftop patios in Toronto. Whether it’s July or January, head up to the all-season Sky Yard to soak up the sun or gaze at the stars, while enjoying a birds-eye view of the city. (1150 Queen Street West.)
Toulà Restaurant & Bar
If you’d rather sip on a fine wine, head to Toulà Restaurant & Bar for a more classic drink-with-a-view experience.
Perched on the 38th floor of Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle overlooking Lake Ontario, Toulà offers a Venetian-style fine dining experience, and boasts over 300 wine labels including Tuscan Reds and local Ontario offerings. (1 Harbour Square.)
This Toronto fish and oyster bar was voted one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants two years running – and it’s not hard to see (and taste) why.
Take a break from the bustle of TO’s Financial District by settling down at The Chase’s elegant penthouse patio. Sip on a smart cocktail or have your pick from an extensive wine list, while sampling a variety of upscale seafood dishes. (10 Temperance Street.)
If beautiful people and beautiful views are what you seek, take a perch at the Entertainment District’s latest hot spot. Done on a grand scale, LAVELLE features a stunning pool, cabanas and lots of seating areas for a sumptuous lunch or dinner or simply lounging, cocktail in hand. (627 King Street West.)
This très chic French bistro on Bloor Street is the perfect place to savor Parisian fare while sipping on champagne and watching the fashionistas of Mink Mile walk by.
Inside La Société, an elegant stained glass ceiling completes the 1920’s French art deco ambiance, and a generous offering of cocktail and wine selections is guaranteed to keep even the most discerning of French palates satisfied. (131 Bloor Street West.)
The Thompson Hotel
For a more members-only experience, head to the Thompson Hotel and make your way up to the rooftop for an unparalleled 360-degree panorama of Toronto.
Relax on chic designer sofas and dip into the infinity pool by day, then check out the classy cabanas by night, all while enjoying a variety of creative cocktails from the Thompson’s opulent rooftop lounge. Make sure to dress to the nines – a strict dress code keeps things classy and sophisticated at the Thompson. (550 Wellington Street West.)
The latest rooftop in town is on the gorgeously-restored Broadview Hotel. This east-end jewel with its 360° glass facade, provides views of the bright lights of the downtown core, unimpeded by surrounding high rises.
The casually refined menu offers shareable bites that pair beautifully with craft cocktails. (106 Broadview Avenue.)